MCA Ranked in Top 10 Graphic Design Programs in the South

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Jan. 26, 2017

Graphic Design Program RankingMemphis College of Art Ranked in Top 10 Graphic Design Programs in the South

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) has been recognized by the Animation Career Review as having one of the top 10 collegiate Graphic Design programs in the South, surpassing 94 percent of schools in the analysis.

Animation Career Review conducted research on hundreds of colleges with Graphic Design programs in southern states including Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. The organization began ranking design schools and programs across the country in 2012, originating by requests from graphic design students, parents, and representatives from colleges with graphic design programs. Animation Career Review is a leading source for animation, design and gaming professionals, and provides information on training programs, colleges, software and technology, career profiles, and profiles of the leading industry firms. Criteria considered in ranking each program included:

  • Academic reputation
  • Admissions selectivity
  • Depth and breadth of the program and faculty
  • Value as it relates to tuition and indebtedness

“It’s an honor for our graphic design program to be recognized by Animation Career Review, and is a testament to the curriculum we have developed,” said Cat Normoyle, Assistant Professor for Design Arts. “We constructed the graphic design program to teach our students a range of media—from print, digital, web and environmental—with a focus on many design concepts within the field, emerging technology, and client-based/professional approaches to design. We incorporate a human-centered methodology, encouraging our students to research, empathize, and think strategically within the design process. As a result, we have seen great benefits for our students and graduates in their internships and careers.”

Graphic Design is one of 9 BFA degrees that MCA offers. Other BFA degrees include Animation, Art Education, Design Arts, Fine Arts, Illustration, Illustration with a track in comics, Painting/Drawing and Photography. Concentrations offered include Drawing/Painting, Metals, Photography and Sculpture. MCA boasts a 10-to-1 student-faculty ratio, allowing each student to receive the mentorship and guidance needed to become experts in their craft and professionals in their field. For information about MCA’s academic programs, visit

Photo: Assistant Professor Don DuMont (middle) gives guidance to students Riley Curry (far left), Mariel Ramsey and Mia Saine in a Brand and Identity Design course.

Memphis College of Art provides a rigorous curriculum in an intimate, diverse community to empower generations of leading artists, designers and educators to flourish professionally and contribute valuable ideas to society. MCA is fully accredited with expert, nationally renowned faculty and grants BFA, MFA, MA in Art Education and MA in Teaching degrees with graduates excelling in various careers across the country and internationally. For more information, visit Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter at @memphisart.


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